Balancing Acts

Balancing Acts

by Zoe Fishman

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ISBN-13: 9780061711800
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Pages: 365
Sales rank: 1,184,098
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Zoe Fishman is the author of Driving Lessons, Saving Ruth, and Balancing Acts. Her books have been translated into German, Italian, Dutch and Polish. She’s the recipient of many awards, including Target’s Breakout and Emerging Author Picks, a New York Post Pick, and has been featured on NBC’s “Atlanta & Co.” as well as in Publishers Weekly and The Huffington Post. She is currently at work on her next novel, as well as teaching writing at The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Zoe lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.

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Valerie Frankel

“Anyone who has wondered, ‘Now what?’ about her life will relate to Zoe Fishman’s ebullient and wise novel Balancing Acts. The pages flew by and I was sad when my time with these great characters ended—but not too sad to try some yoga.”

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Balancing Acts 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
saffron12 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Zoe Fishman's Balancing Acts is a book that kept me reading. . . I wanted to find out what would happen to each of the four women. I really enjoyed the sections about Sabine the most, perhaps. I had a little more trouble with the other three. Mostly, it was because I could not really understand Charlie's issues with Neil and Naomi's reluctance to pursue her photography. Also, I have never been to the New York City area, and have never been a huge fan of bagels. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the story overall. The conversations were perfect. I really wished this yoga studio existed, and that it is where I live instead of in New York (I've practiced yoga off and on for years). It all seemed so ideal.
redladysbooks on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Balancing Acts by Zoe Fishman is a story about women's friendship, it's about a group of women in their 30's at different stages of their lives. They are all single, looking for their dreams and passion that seems to have gotten lost along the way since they left college. They all meet up at a college reunion and forge a friendship of sorts and meet for a six week yoga class. The book mainly focuses on this six week time period in the women's lives.I am a fan of women's fiction and books about women's friendship and was excited when I heard about this book. It sounded wonderful and I also liked the link to yoga and what a group of friends could learn as they take a yoga class together. I'm sorry to say that the story just didn't work for me. It was a bit too soap opera-ish and sappy for me and I just never cared much for any of the characters or connected to them. I think that this book is geared more towards the twenty-something and thirty-something single or just married woman readers. It wasn't a book that worked for me. If you enjoy books about women's friendships with an added bonus of yoga classes and a bit of a soap opera style feel, you just may enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an inspiring read as a fellow yogi! Loved this book and really connected with the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is such joy to read! It's very relatable and I enjoyed each character immensely. I felt as though I was sitting with friends talking about life with every page. And the humor Zoe brings to certain characters makes it feel so real. I truly hope there are more books to come! :)
steph1 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed Balancing Acts. It was relate-able, fresh, and entertaining. I finished it in two days since it was unable for me to put it down.
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Fishman nailed the first time. A great novel filled with timeless womens' issues presented in a new perspective. Forget about old roles and embrace the now by balancing what you have. The characters are lovable, relatable and friend material, you could easily identified with one or all four ladies. Take a reality check and enjoy the story. You get involved so much that you want to keep reading to find out what is going to happen next. But at the same time you do not want to say goodbye to these new friends. Such a delight to read. Perfect for a summer at the beach.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The four women graduated from Boston University ten years ago. They knew one another other, but would not consider themselves close friends. Each had dreams. Charlie was going to own wall St; Naomi was going to be a famous photographer; Sabine was going to write great novels; and Bess was going to be a famous investigative reporter. They meet at the ten year college reunion in Manhattan. Charlie left Wall St. to open with partners Julian and Felicity a yoga studio in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn; Sabine edits romance novels; and Bess writes for the celebrity gossip tabloid Pulse. None are happy though Charlie is probably the closest even with her studio in financial trouble she has boyfriend issues. She invites the three other grads to come to Brooklyn for yoga; they agree and over six weeks of an introductory class all four realize their lives are unbalanced; becoming true friends each tries to bring some balance to their lives. Though sisterhood bonding is not a new concept, Balancing Acts is an entertaining tale as each of the four women face their issues over the six week yoga course and soon form a tight bond that helps each balance responsibilities and rekindle burned out dreams. A superb support cast enhances the audience's understanding of the quartet. Readers will root for each one of the leads to balance their respective acts as these likable females soon are there supporting one another. Harriet Klausner